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What are date-rape drugs?

Any drug used by the rapist to facilitate your rape is called a date-rape drug. These include GHB or ‘Liquid Extacy’ (gamma hydroxybutyric acid) in liquid, white powder or tablet form, Ketamine (ketamine hydrochloride), a white powder, and Rohypnol or ‘Roofies’, (benzodiazepine).

Rohypnol, a potent sedative used to treat insomnia, is a schedule-6 drug which can only be prescribed by a doctor, and only for one month at a time. Because of its reputation as a date-rape drug, the new tablet on the market is a khaki-green colour which will show up blue when dissolved in a liquid. The old tablets however – odourless, tasteless and colourless when dissolved – are still available.

Alcohol, which intensifies the effects of Rohypnol, is also considered a date-rape drug.

How will a rapist drug me?

If a person wants to have sex with you without your consent, or even your knowledge, he may squirt a date-rape liquid or dissolve a date-rape tablet in your drink, or he may sprinkle a date-rape powder on your food. This will happen when you are distracted and are not paying particular attention to your food or drink.

What are the effects of date-rape drugs?

The drug will affect you quickly. You will feel disoriented and will become physically helpless. Once the rapist has isolated you, you will be unable to refuse sex. You will most likely pass out, during which time you will be raped. When you regain consciousness you will have memory loss and there will be no telltale signs that you have been drugged. The drug will be measurable in your urine and blood for a number of hours, dependant on what drug was used, if you have concerns and want to be tested.

 

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